Three Charged with Capital Murder in Shooting of 15-Year-Olds

Three people have been charged with capital murder in a shooting that killed two 15-year-old boys and injured two others in May in South Los Angeles, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced today.

Cristian Ivan Macias (dob 2/19/99), Nancy Joanna De La Rocha (dob 12/4/91) and Edwin Federico Loza (dob 1/26/99), all residents of South Los Angeles, each face two counts of murder and two counts of premeditated attempted murder, according to the amended criminal complaint in case BA468865.

The charges include special circumstance allegations of multiple murders and that the defendants were active members of a street gang who carried out the crime to further the gang’s activities, making them eligible for the death penalty. The complaint also alleges that Loza personally and intentionally discharged a firearm, a handgun, in the attack.

De La Rocha and Loza are scheduled to be arraigned today in Department 30 of the Foltz Criminal Justice Center. Macias pleaded not guilty to the charges in July and has a preliminary hearing setting scheduled today in the same courtroom.

Charges were filed against De La Rocha on June 18, against Macias on Sept. 20, and against Loza on Nov. 16. The court denied bail for all three defendants.

On May 13, Macias allegedly had a confrontation with a group of teenage boys on a public street, according to Deputy District Attorney Michael Michelena of the Hardcore Gang Division. After leaving the area, Macias allegedly returned with his co-defendants in a vehicle a short time later and found the teens walking in the 300 block of West Manchester Avenue near the 110 Freeway.

Loza is accused of then opening fire on the victims with a handgun, the prosecutor said.

Lamarrion Upchurch and Monyae Jackson were killed, and the other two boys, who were also 15 years old, were hit and injured by the gunfire. All four victims lived in the South Los Angeles area.

The defendants were individually arrested over the following months.

They each face a possible maximum sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole or death if convicted as charged. A decision will be made at a later date on whether to seek the death penalty.

The case remains under investigation by the Los Angeles Police Department, South Bureau Homicide.

Man Convicted of Capital Murder in Pomona Shootings

A 36-year-old man was convicted today of killing an 8-year-old boy inside a Pomona home last year, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced.

Jurors deliberated less than two hours before finding Sengchan Houl (dob 12/14/81) guilty of one count of first-degree murder, two counts each of shooting at an occupied dwelling and negligent discharge of a firearm and one count of shooting from a motor vehicle.

The panel also found true a special circumstance allegation that the murder was perpetrated by means of discharging a firearm from a motor vehicle.

Sentencing is set for Jan. 29 when he faces life in prison without the possibility of parole.

Deputy District Attorney Lance Hansen prosecuted the case.

On Feb. 20, 2017, Houl was in a vehicle when he shot at a home in 1100 block of West 11th Street in Pomona.

During the shooting, victim Jonah Hwang, 8, was struck by the gunfire, the prosecutor said. The child later died from his injuries.

Houl also shot at the same home on one occasion before the murder and then again twice after the murder.

Case KA114915 was investigated by the Pomona Police Department.

Drive By Shooting on Sunland Ave in Phoenix w/video

Victim: Homeowner
Location: In the area of 2900 W. Sunland Ave, Phoenix
Date: Wednesday, June 20, 2018 at 4:47 a.m.
Suspect #1: Hispanic male, 5’3″ to 5’6” tall, 140-150 lbs., wearing a light colored shirt and shorts.
Suspect #2: Hispanic male, 5’8” to 6’ tall, 160-180 lbs., wearing dark clothes.
Vehicle: Honda Civic, light colored, 2000’s model
On Wednesday, June 20, 2018 at 4:47 a.m., two suspects are seen on video surveillance looking into the victims’ vehicle and pointing handguns at the victims’ home. As the suspects are leaving the area, suspect #2 can be seen firing a handgun which strikes the victims’ home and vehicle. Investigators are seeking any information in regard to this incident.